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PV Sindhu Overcomes Tai Tzu Ying to Reach World Badminton Championships Semi-finals

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. badmintonbwf world championshipsPV Sindhutai tzu ying First Published: August 23, 2019, 6:00 PM IST PV Sindhu trumped former world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying in the quarter-final of World Badminton Championships in Basel, Switzerland on Friday to the semi-final of the tournament for the third straight year.The world number 5 Indian beat her Taiwanese opponent, who is ranked two in the world, 12-21, 23-21, 21-19 in an hour and 11 minutes to keep her hopes of a gold medal alive. The two-time silver medallist is looking to reach her third straight World Championships final and managed to solve the massive Tai Tzu puzzle.Tai Tzu started the game on the front foot, attacking Sindhu’s backhand, forcing mistakes from the Indian as she raced to take the first game quite easily.Sindhu lacked creativity and the surprise element in her game as the Taiwanese was able to judge her stroke quite easily, which her execute her own game plan to perfection.With Tai Tzu on the front foot, Sindhu never stood a chance in the first game as the world No.2 displayed great accuracy and bullied the Indian. However, the story altered a bit in the second game.Even though Tai Tzu started the second game on the front foot, Sindhu bounced back with a much better display of nerves, committing fewer faults and drawing Tai Tzu in longer rallies.Sindhu started targetting Tai Tzu’s deep forehand and showed more patience in her finishing.From going into the break with an 11-9 lead, Sindhu was in the lead at almost all junctures of the game and earned three game points before Tai Tzu saved them all to make it 21-21.At that stage, Sindhu execute a beautiful drop shot to earn her fourth game point and then played a flat stroke wide on Tai Tzu’s forehand to force the decider.Tai Tzu found her rhythm and accuracy in the third game once again while a few errors on Sindhu’s part gifted the lead to the Taiwanese. However, the Indian still stuck to her game plan of attempting to pin Tai Tzu to her back court to earn points.Tai Tzu, however, went to the break with an 11-9 lead. After the mid-game interval, both the players upped the pace and quality of their rallies as they launched attacks after attacks at each other.After trailing for long, Sindhu equalised at 14-14 with a body smash.At 15-15, Tai Tzu executed two exquisite strokes to take a 17-15 lead before Sindhu smashed her way to 17-17.Sindhu then took a 19-17 lead only for Tai Tzu to turn on her magic once more to equalise at 19-19.Sindhu then struck a brilliant smash on Tai Tzu’s forehand to earn the match point and then the Taiwanese sent the shuttle wide as Sindhu lay on the court in celebration.As the shuttle went wide, Pullela Gopichand and South Korean coach Kim Ji Hyun threw their hands up in the air to celebration, jubilation evident on their faces.With the win, the head-to-head record between Sindhu and Tai Tzu now stands at 10-5 in the favour of the Taiwanese.Hard fought three games awards @Pvsindhu1 a ticket for semifinals in Basel.WS – Quarterfinal12 23 21 Pusarla V. Sindhu🏅21 21 19 Tai Tzu Ying🕗 in 71 minutes#TOTALBWFWC2019 #Basel2019— BWF (@bwfmedia) August 23, 2019 These players are arguably the best current women’s singles players never to have won badminton’s two biggest titles, although there are differences in their track records.While Sindhu lost in the final of the 2016 Rio Olympics and was runner-up at the 2017 and 2018 World Championships, Tai has never reached the semifinals of those two events.However, the Taiwanese clearly has been the more consistent player overall in the past three years and owns a 10-4 edge in her head-to-head battles against Sindhu.Sindhu defeated Tai in the round of 16 of the 2016 Olympics in straight games, while the Taiwanese turned the tables by defeating her Indian opponent in the Asian Games final last year.(With IANS inputs) last_img read more

Brodeur, Blues Bop Isles, 6-4

first_imgUNIONDALE, N.Y. — Martin Brodeur wasn’t planning to be in net for the St. Louis Blues net on Dec. 6.But after they fell behind the Islanders 3-0, the goaltender with the most victories in league history entered in relief and his new team rallied to win 6-4.Paul Stastny scored twice — including the go-ahead goal in the third period — and Brodeur had his first win in a St. Louis uniform after 688 victories with the New Jersey Devils.Stastny’s second goal of the game and his fifth of the season at 13:26 of the third snapped a 4-4 tie and gave the Blues their first lead. St. Louis fell behind by three goals in the first period, then replaced starter Jake Allen with Brodeur to start the second.“It changed momentum to put me in there. It worked out well,” Brodeur said. “When it was 3-3, I said ‘Here we go. It’s my game now.’”Brodeur made 14 saves for career win No. 689 and his 52nd against the Islanders, the most for the 42-year-old goaltender against any team. Brodeur stopped Brock Nelson and Anders Lee in front early in the third and was hardly tested late.“I felt pretty good. I’m not a guy that is used to come from the bench. I’ve got to get used to it, I think,” Brodeur added. “I’m happy with the performance. I made some solid saves in the third to keep the game tied up and we scored some big goals after that.”John Tavares scored against Brodeur to put the Islanders ahead 4-3 with 54 seconds left in the middle period. But TJ Oshie of the Blues tied the game 4:51 into the third with a power-play goal.Vladimir Tarasenko sealed the win with his 17th goal at 17:32 of the third as the Blues improved to 17-8-2 and ended a two-game losing streak.“We felt that if we kept fighting we’d be able to grasp this hockey game,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We’re hard to play against when we play our game.”Tavares’ 11th goal at 19:06 on the power play salvaged a sloppy second period for the Islanders, who came in ahead 3-0, but allowed the Blues to score three times to tie the game.After Frans Nielsen, Ryan Strome and Michael Grabner scored in the first, the Blues turned to Brodeur, who signed with St. Louis on Dec. 2 after playing his entire career with the Devils.“It’s not like it’s a new building for me. I’ve played enough games here,” Brodeur said of Nassau Coliseum, which the Islanders will leave after this season for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. “It’s kind of nice that I was able to get in there and play in the final year of this building.”The Islanders had their three-game winning streak snapped and lost for only the third time in their past 16 games.“It was a lack of focus and attention to detail,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “We have to trust ourselves that we can do better.”Nielsen opened the scoring at 7:57 of the first on the power play. He picked up a rebound in front of Allen and slid it into the net with assists to Nelson and Kyle Okposo for his sixth goal of the season.Strome added his sixth goal unassisted at 18:01 after intercepting a clearing attempt by Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk at the blue line.Grabner — who missed the first 25 games recovering from a sports hernia — then scored his first goal in his second game back at 19:39 and Islanders cruised into the second with a 3-0 lead.After Brodeur skated to the Blues crease and was greeted by the “Marty, Marty” chants, the Blues went to work against Jaroslav Halak, who played three-plus seasons for St. Louis and beat the Islanders twice last season.Halak had his team-record 11-game winning streak snapped to fall to 14-5-0. The six goals were the most he’d given up this season.Stastny scored on the power play at 2:36 of the second before Patrik Berglund deflected a Chris Butler slap shot at 4:28 to make it 3-2.Shattenkirk, who also had two assists, tied it with a power-play shot from the point at 12:34 and suddenly Brodeur became the goaltender of record.“He’s one of those guys who when you look back on his career he has all these special moments,” Shattenkirk said of his new teammate. “Fortunately a situation like this seems to be one of those, too, for our end.”Center Joakim Lindstrom also had three assists for the Blues.Brodeur, the three-time Stanley Cup winner and all-time NHL wins leader, made his first start with St. Louis on Dec. 4, losing at Nashville 4-3.Allen has allowed seven goals in four periods since Brodeur joined the team to replace the injured Brian Elliott.Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson left the game at 7:15 of the second after a hit by Islanders forward Lee, who wasn’t penalized on the play. The teams meet again in St. Louis on Dec. 11.(ALLAN KREDA)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth to lead India at Sudirman Cup

first_imgAce Indian shuttler PV Sindhu, London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and world number 8 men’s singles shuttler Kidambi Srikanth will lead the Indian team at the 2019 Sudirman Cup mixed team championship, scheduled to be played in Nanning, China from May 19-26.In the last edition at Gold Coast, Australia, India had reached the quarterfinals and have been seeded eighth in this edition. They have been grouped with hosts China and Malaysia in Group D and will need to finish in the top two in the league stage to reach the knockout stage.India had defeated Malaysia in the mixed team format to win the Commonwealth Games gold in Gold Coast last year and the absence of former world number one Lee Chong Wei should come as good news to the Indian contingent.The 13-member Indian contingent also comprises of in-form Sameer Verma and will see the return of doubles star Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, who was out of action due to an injury along with Chirag Shetty.India squad:Men: Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty, Manu Atri, B Sumeeth Reddy and Pranaav Jerry ChopraWomen: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Ashwini Ponnappa, N Sikki Reddy, Poorvisha S Ram and J MeghanaAlso Read | Saina Nehwal eyes second title of season at New Zealand OpenAlso Read | Lakshya Sen enters main draw of New Zealand OpenAlso Seelast_img read more